Location Theme Soap Challenge April 12, 2016 22:00 32 Comments
For this month's soap challenge participants are to create a soap that shows what is special about where you live. Being born and raised in Utah, I know many special things about this state. A few special places stuck in my mind, Arches, Zions, and Canyonlands National Parks. All of these places put an imprint in my brain from the first time I visited as a young teen in the early 80's. I have many old pictures with my family when we went there on vacations there multiple times.
So here are the guidelines for this challenge. Molds are restricted to slab or log, not vertical or individual cavity molds allowed in the making of your final soap. The majority of the soap needs to be made with either cold process soap, but can include herbs & botanical as embellishments and m&p for small embeds. Participants are to include the story behind their soap that they created.
Since I am creating a soap that will show the beauty of Arches National Park, my plan is to mold my arch from cold process soap and embed it in my final batch. I have seen wonderful hand molded soap embeds made by Sorcery Soap, so I went online to her blog for information about how to do this. Here is a link to that post. http://sorcerysoap.com/soap-molding-consistency/
I began by making a small one pound batch of soap, splitting it into six different colors.
I used French yellow clay, Rhassoul clay, rose kaolin clay, Moroccan red clay, sea clay and umber brown mica. I also added walnut shell powder for texture.
Once everything was mixed I poured them into a mold, the next morning I removed them and placed them in plastic bags until I was ready to start molding and making my arch by hand.
Here are a few pictures of the inspiration for my soap.
My plan was to make nine arches. The first three were a blast to make, but by arch number five, it became more tedious and less fun. I ended up making only six arches.
As you can see each and every single arch is different, but that's what you get when you are crafting by hand. I let the embeds dry overnight. Time to make "the batch". Here is a picture of my slab mold all prepared. I only used four of the dividers because of the size of my handmade arches. Yes, they seemed to get bigger and bigger with each one I made. I made additional dividers to go inside each section out of some flexible plastic craft sheeting. These little dividers were used to separate the sky and ground in my soap picture.
The colors I chose were baby blue mica and titanium dioxide (pot swirl) for the sky and brown oxide and red iron oxide (pot swirl) for the ground. Once I had that poured I placed my embeds in, then mica painted each one for additional detail with sunset orange mica, red vibrance mica, umber brown mica and ivory lace mica mixed with olive oil.
I could have seriously painted for hours. Sometimes it's hard to know when to stop. The next pictures are of them wet in the mold.
The next day I trimmed and beveled the edges and took a million picture. Not really, but you know a lot of pictures. Picking the best arch soap for my entry was hard. Each one seems to have its own personality and uniqueness that I could look at for what seemed like hours. Decisions. Decisions. This is what I decided with the help of my husband. Thank goodness for him or I'd still be deciding.
If you ever get a chance to visit Utah, I highly recommend visiting any of the national parks in southern part of the state, but particularly Arches. It is mesmerizing.
Lisa's Natural Herbal Creations on April 20, 2016 17:44
Thanks for the congratulations. It really surprised me. :))))
Debi Olsen on April 20, 2016 16:28
Congratulations on a WELL deserved win, Lisa!
Carolyn on April 20, 2016 15:42
That wasn’t meant to be a? It was meant to be ? Lol. Well done
Carolyn on April 20, 2016 15:40
Well done Lisa! Your soap was fab. Great one?
Lisa's Natural Herbal Creations on April 18, 2016 11:36
Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments!
Hannah on April 18, 2016 10:09
Gorgeous! So many details, great colors. Looks like a painting, wow!
Amaryce Cousins on April 18, 2016 09:26
These are so beautiful! Thank you so much for pointing to that other site, too, you have inspired me to try this technique.
Bonnie on April 17, 2016 14:59
Incredible. That is such a work of art. I have only been to Arches one time and we spend hours and hours in awe of the beauty – your soap is a fitting tribute.
Jordi on April 17, 2016 14:49
Love Arches and love the soap – both have magical qualities – nice work.
Debi Olsen on April 17, 2016 13:17
My jaw hit the floor when I first saw your soap, Lisa! It is beyond words – absolutely SPECTACULAR! You’ve inspired me to give sculpting a try. Fabulous job on this soap!
Yvonne Massey on April 17, 2016 12:56
This is a very nice soap. Well thought out!
Shana on April 16, 2016 22:22
Very lovely soap!
Kristie A Barker on April 16, 2016 16:05
Hello my fellow Utah soaper! This is just so cool! I love that you used natural colorants,brilliant!!
carolyn newton on April 16, 2016 15:40
Absolutely Fab!! love how you handcrafted the arches and love all the colors and work that went into your soaps. Well done!
Shaman Lisa on April 16, 2016 12:47
One of my favorite places depicted beautifully – great job!
Diana on April 16, 2016 12:26
This is definitely my favor soap, since I love to see and use hand molding technique in soap making. Absolutely gorgeous ??
Brittany on April 16, 2016 10:02
Great job with the hand molding. I have been meaning to try this technique. This soap looks awesome!
Gayle in Maine on April 16, 2016 09:43
I’ve always wanted to visit the Arches, you have done a fabulous job recreating them in soap, loved it !!
Marcie Adkins on April 16, 2016 08:08
I found the fact that you didn’t make all the arches to be so like me! These kinds of challenges can sorta get you in the middle, huh? Great job. Your hard work and inspiration show.
Pixies Soap Shop on April 16, 2016 07:28
Incredibly amazing! I hope to be as creative in the near future!
Pooja on April 15, 2016 21:06
It’s fabulous Lisa :) I have never been to Utah but your soap makes me want to visit. Very artistic & unique.
Penny Foust on April 15, 2016 16:42
This is almost as good as the real thing. You nailed it!
Ceil on April 14, 2016 20:06
This is very cool soap!
Lisa on April 14, 2016 10:05
Thank you everyone! I did have a good time making this soap!
Annie on April 14, 2016 09:48
Wow. You truly put your heart into this and it shows! I’m blown away, great job!
Dallas on April 14, 2016 04:18
Wow – this is really beautiful!
Amy Warden on April 13, 2016 17:35
Wow, Lisa! I love how these turned out!! The textures and colors are amazing!! I don’t think I’ve ever been to Utah…I know that’s where my parents went on their honeymoon though! :) Reminds me a bit of Arizona, but I’ve never seen arches like that in Arizona. Really neat!
Saponista on April 13, 2016 17:31
Stunning design!! I haven’t tried any soap moulding yet, but I definitely want to give it a try soon. You have inspired me :)
Eva on April 13, 2016 17:30
Kellie on April 13, 2016 16:25
Spectacular! Arches is a beautiful place and you’ve captured its beauty in your soap.
Omneya on April 13, 2016 15:15
A lot of work and it paid off 1000%
Jessaca on April 13, 2016 14:38
That’s is awesome looks like a painting!